FIFA President Sepp Blatter has apologized to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo over remarks he made about the Portugal captain.
Club president Florentino Perez demanded an apology after the 77-year-old’s comments were met with great dissatisfaction, as the Portuguese Football Federation and Madrid took exception to his words.
Blatter last week spoke at the Oxford Union and was asked to compare Ronaldo with four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, and although describing both players as exceptional has come under great scrutiny for his comparison.
He voiced his preference for Messi and labeled him “a good boy” before claiming, in apparent reference to Ronaldo, that “one has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other.”
The FIFA president has now written to Los Blancos insisting his remarks were made in jest and that he regards Ronaldo as an “exceptional player”.
Ronaldo has since taken to Facebook to air his view by posting a video of Blatter’s comments to his personal page.
He added: “This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, for my club and my country. Much is explained now.
“I wish Mr Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favourite teams and players.”